Bleeding Gums, Treatment and Causes

Bleeding Gums, Treatment and Causes

Bleeding gums are the most common symptom of gum disease. But it can also point to other health problems. Occasional bleeding of the gums can be caused by brushing your teeth too vigorously or wearing dentures that don’t fit correctly.

Common Causes

  • Have gingivitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the gums
  • Brushing too hard or your toothbrush isn’t soft enough
  • Just started a flossing routine and your gums aren’t used to it yet
  • Take certain medications, like blood thinners
  • Have inflamed gums because you’re pregnant (pregnancy gingivitis)
  • Have dentures that don’t fit well
  • Have a Vitamin C or K deficiency

Treatment

Good dental hygiene is the first step to managing bleeding gums.

Visit your Gentle Dental dentist in Kew Gardens twice per year for professional cleaning. The dentists at Gentle Dental  are some of the best dentists in New York City. Your dentist will let you know if you have gingivitis and teach you how to brush your teeth properly. Proper brushing and flossing can remove plaque from your gum line and reduce your risk of developing periodontal diseases and bleeding gums.

Your Gentle Dental dentist may also show you how to use an antiseptic mouthwash to minimize plaque that forms in your mouth. And a rinse of warm salt water can help soothe swollen gums that bleed easily.

Use a soft toothbrush. It’ll be gentle on inflamed gums, especially if you experience bleeding after brushing your teeth. Medium and hard bristles may be too abrasive for your delicate gums.

You might also consider using an electric toothbrush. The specially designed brush heads on these toothbrushes can help you to clean your gum line more easily than a manual toothbrush.

Your Dental Health

When it comes to your health, both that of your mouth and your overall well-being, trust in the dentists at Gentle Dental Family Care.  Your dentist will be able to identify any symptoms and send you to the right professionals for further care. Gentle Dental Family Care is the best dental practice in the Kew Gardens, Queens NY 11415 area and we are open on Sundays as well as late evenings. For a teeth cleaning or exam, we recommend coming into the office or booking an appointment here with one of our talented dental professionals. All new patients may also take advantage of our $99 Cleaning Special that includes an exam and x-rays. To set up your appointment give us a call at (718) 849-9797. We also welcome walk-ins, to accommodate patients with a busy schedule. We hope to see you soon!

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